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There aren't many books for children aged 9+ about the Indonesian islands and I found the Grandmothers' stories that mixed the old time and now nostalgic and interesting. Whilst 'training' with his friends, his football crashes through a window of The Dragon's house, in trouble and with nowhere to go he follows one of the Dragon's brothers into the house where he is tasked with theft or finding his family out on the street and struggling to survive.

When an earthquake strikes, causing some buildings to crumble, killing Rochy's family and also leading to the death of Budi's grandmother, it is particularly challenging. Whilst I wasn't blown away with what he could do with the writing, what he could do with the story was far more important to me and he nailed that on the head. Life is hard for him and his family, Mum, Dad and Grandma, and isn’t made any easier by the Dragon, “the most dangerous man in Jakarta”, who can do what he likes as his brother is chief of police and under his control.

However, Budi lives within poverty, and him and his family and friends face hardships throughout which highlight the differing lives of Budi and the football players he adores. Despite his vastly different circumstances, he is like any other child of his age and young readers will be able to identify with his passions. The book shows the wider aspects of life in Indonesia: the oppressive dry season giving way to the tropical monsoons, the impact of earthquakes, and the under-the-surface corruption. His debut novel, Kick, was endorsed by Amnesty International UK for its portrayal of children's rights and has been translated into multiple languages.

Budi works in a footwear factory in Indonesia, making the football boots he longs to wear but is unlikely to ever afford. This is a fast-paced story about big dreams, bravery and fighting for justice up until the final whistle. Budi's best friend Rochy, went to school before his father died, now he works at the factory alongside Budi, his sisters seek out food and things to sell at the rubbish dump and his mother struggles to leave the room they manage to rent.One day his life changes when he accidentally kicks the ball through the window of corrupt local money-lender The Dragon. Walaupun di puluhan halaman pembuka aku merasa bosan dan mulai memupuskan ekspaktasi besarku pada novel ini, tapi akhirnya terjawab dengan munculnya bagian kisah baru dari kehidupan Budi ini.

He shares his small home with his mum, dad and his grandma and has to go to his best friend’s home to watch football on an old television with a cracked screen. However, I would encourage those unfamiliar children (as well as the familiar children) to pick up this book to read. Budi and his friends spend all their free time playing football, role-playing their favourite teams and stars. I loved reading about Budi and Johnson creates his world brilliantly- you truly come to inhabit his life, feel his hopes and anxieties and care for him and his family. It highlights the issues faced by those living in a society where most people are just about scraping enough money together to get by.And when Budi attracts the notice of the dangerous Dragon, it seems less and less likely that he will ever achieve his dream.

Makes for an insightful read and may be a little violent for the more sensitive child as has a reference to backstreet girls and has a gunfight towards the end. The Dragon demands that Budi steal a pair of football boots for his nephew from the factory in recompense. I've only been to Indonesia a couple of times and cannot vouch if those words are truly used in Indonesia but some of the words are not what we use in Singapore. He's going to play for the greatest team on earth, rather than in the square behind the factory where he works.Johnson does not shy away from the difficult issues and even finds space to touch on people trafficking. In this excellent football story, set in modern-day South America, a hackneyed football reporter sits down with El Gato (the Cat), a World Cup-winning goalkeeper, to look back on his amazing life and career.

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